March Newsletter

Feb 27, 2020

February Birthdays

08 – Kim Rudd
20 – Gary Jasutis
30 – Barbara Singelmann


20 – Muir-Wilson

Per Capita for 2020

Thank you to those who have already paid your 2020 Per Capita. For those that have not, your Per Capita for 2020 is $36.00 per member, not household. Per Capita is a set amount of money per member that congregations pay to the larger Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is a Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund — part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together. Because every Presbyterian shares in the benefit of the PC(USA)’s system of government, the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the functions of that system should be shared by everyone as well.

Christian Education

Here we are just a few weeks away from spring and at the beginning of the Lenten season.

As we begin our journey to the cross with Jesus, please consider joining us for our Lenten Study beginning on March 1st after our morning service. Rev. Barbara will be leading this study on the book titled “Forgiveness” by Marjorie J. Thompson.

Feel free to grab a Lenten Devotional “Becoming a Beloved Community” from the worship table. The excitement and commitment found on the pages of this devotional are contagious!

Our Les Mis, James & Soup Study Series that began on Sunday, January 12th was a great success! Thanks again to Bob Gorsky for leading this.

Be Blessed,

Christian Education

We had another successful Family Game Night in January! We had a nice turnout and a good time was had by all.

Please consider joining us on February 4th, for Movie Night! Title of movie TBA…….

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN!!! We have a date! Wednesday, February 12th at 6pm. Please consider joining us for a fun time while volunteering for a great cause!

The session is working on ideas on what our church can do to offer some support to Hashi and his family as well as ways we can reach out to our neighbors in the Industrial Park. We’d like to invite them to our church as well as let them know about our food pantry in the event there may be some folks who need some help. If you have any ideas, please let a session member know!

Blessings to all,



We had a fun time at Feed My Starving Children on February 12th!   Despite the snow and messy weather, our turnout was great!   That night there were 28,944 meals packed.  This is enough to feed 79 kids for an entire year.   Looking forward to the next time!

Mark and Rev. Barbara plan to go out and visit companies in our Industrial Park to introduce themselves, the church and the Food Pantry.

I am looking into ways we can help with the Night Ministry.  The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, healthcare and human connection to people who are struggling with poverty or homelessness.   I’m also looking into how we can help the Project Linus.  Project Linus collects blankets and distributes them to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

If you have any other ideas on how we can help those less fortunate in our communities, please let a session member know!

Blessings to all,


Pastoral Care

Our church continues to do such an amazing job of caring for each other.  Our church is where we can come with all our fears, sadness, and joys and share with people that care. The love of this church is a blessed gift from our loving God. Thank you to each one of you for praying for those on our prayer list. We are a church that prays for each other and our neighborhood.

Remember to take and share Care Notes on the table in the Narthex .

We keep a birthday list of all who are part of our church family.  If we don’t have your birthday, please let Val Heller know or leave a note on the friendship pad. And if you aren’t on our email list, and would like to be, add it on the friendship pad.

Val Heller


Thank you to everyone who signs up to help with Worship, Greeting, Ushering, Communion and all those who step in when there is a need, and for those who join us in church.  We are truly blessed.

Every Sunday we are full of love, hope, caring and God and the Holy Spirit. Sharing God’s love is a great way to start our week

Flowers for Easter Sunday

We will be ordering flowers for Easter Sunday.  The order forms will be in the bulletin starting 3/15th.  All orders are due 3/29th.

Val Heller

March Upcoming Events:

2/29    5-7:30  Carnival of Exceptional Character

4/5  Palm Sunday  service followed by Pancake Breakfast

4/10    7:00 p.m.  Good Friday Service

4/11  Saturday church clean up

4/12    Sunday Easter Service

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 9:30-11am.  We are studying the Holy Spirit, using the book “The Forgotten God” by Francis Chan.  As always, great sharing and discussion and learning.  We always have room for more ladies. Please think about joining us.  We even have candy and coffee.

Val Heller

New Church Banner

A few of us have started to think about a banner to replace the missing one. We have selected the design. After Easter we will start in earnest to work on it. All are welcome to participate. If you do not sew, there are plenty of pieces to cut out. Our working meetings will be evening times so that anyone can come.

More information to follow.

Barbara Singelmann

Do You Want To Fast This Lent?

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

~The Words of Pope Francis~  

March 2020 Treasurer’s Report

Information thru January 31, 2020

INCOME: We’re starting the year off in pretty good shape. Our pledged Income was a little over $300 below our budget while our total Income was over budget by a little over $2,200. What a great start for the year!!!!
EXPENSES: Our Expenses for the month under budget by a whole $36. It was a small amount but
at least it was under budget.

SUMMARY: Our expenses to date have exceeded our income by a little over $600. Let’s pray that we keep this small margin or a positive margin every month for the balance of the year.

PER CAPITA: If you have not already done so, let’s not forget to pay our Per Capita of $36 per person as it is due to the Presbytery by the 1st Quarter of the month.

Thank you for your continuing generous financial support of this Church and its various missions.

Bob Russow